Tool change offset execution order

  • Hi everyone,

    I'm struggling implementing a mechanism i thought of. It uses two extruders one of which is fixed (T0) while the other one (T1) is able to move 15mm, 7.5mm above T0 to 7.5mm below T0. They both use an FSR so probing with both extruders is possible.
    ![0_1605702106518_Z and U axis.jpg](Uploading 100%)

    At the moment i got it to work like this. T0 probes the bed, T1 moves down 15mm and probes the bed. The offset is set with G10 by reading the current position. This is the bed.g script:
    M561 ; clear any bed transform

    M98 P"homexyu.g" ; home the x, y and u axis

    T0 P0 ; select tool 0
    G1 X51.3 Y75 ; move to first probe coordinates
    G91 ; relative positioning
    G30 K0 Z-9999 ; probe bed with tool 0 and set Z=0

    G90 ; absolute positioning
    T1 P0 ; select tool 1
    G1 X51.3 Y75 Z12.5 U-7.5 F2000; ; move the bed 7.5mm, and the U axis 15mm down
    G91 ; relative positioning
    G38.2 Z0 P1 ; probe bed with tool 1 and stay at Z=0
    G10 L1 P1 Z{move.axes[2].machinePosition} ; set Z-offset
    M500 P10 ; save offset
    G1 Z5 ; move the bed 5mm down
    G90 ; absolute positioning
    M117 "Z offset for tool 1 is set and saved"

    T0 ; select tool 0

    G30 P0 K0 X51.3 Y75 Z-9999 ; probe above leadscrew
    G30 P1 K0 X400 Y448.7 Z-9999 ; probe above leadscrew
    G30 P2 K0 X748.7 Y75 Z-9999 S3 ; probe above leadscrew and run compensation

    This all works correctly. If i change the tool the bed lowers or goes up depending on what tool i select.

    However the U axis needs to change too with a toolchange. I tried doing this with the toolchange scripts however it will always run the tool offsets after the toolchange scripts. This means that if i change the tool from T0 to T1 the bed should lower and then the extruder should lower however with the current setup it will lower the extruder before the bed because it runs the script before applying the offset. I havent figured out a way to do this correctly.

    The best option IMO is if both axis move simultaneously however any info is appreciated.

    Kind regards,
    Piet!![0_1605702196555_Z and U axis.png](Uploading 100%)

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    The Z height will be restored automatically at the end of the tool change.

  • @dc42 @Phaedrux Sorry for the tag but i figured you guys would be the best of help. I also tried to upload a schematic however it doesn't show.

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    Your photos didn't upload correctly. Would help to see what you're talking about.

  • @Phaedrux Z and U axis.jpg
    It works now.

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    @Piet, can't you just lower the bed by a sufficient amount in the tpre1.g file?

  • @dc42 At the moment because I set the Z offset it will lower the bed automatically with a toolchange because of the G10. However it only applies the offset after the tool change scripts meaning if i send the U axis down it will run into the bed.

    If i lower the bed in the tpre1.g file how can i get it to the right height after the offset is applied.

    Say i use the following in my tpre1.g:

    G1 Z20 ;move bed 20mm down
    G1 U-15 ;move t1 15mm down

    Using this it will resume 20mm down after a toolchange correct?

    If I we're to add a G1 Z-20 to move it up again it would again run into the t1 because the offset is applied after the toolchange script if I'm correct.

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    The Z height will be restored automatically at the end of the tool change.

  • @dc42 I wasn't aware of that. Thanks for the input, helped a ton!

  • @dc42 I was wondering, is there a way to save the offset or read it out of a variable somewhere? So instead of lowering the bed say 20mm i could lower it to the right offset immediately. Might be a more elegant solution.

    A bit relevant to this; i've seen people working with the meta gcode commands but couldn't really find any information on what variables there are and what they do. Is there somewhere i can find that information or do i need to go through the reprapfirmware code?

  • @jay_s_uk I'm not sure which question you are answering. If it is the last question i asked, could you eleborate?

    If i save my position using G60 S0 and call it later using the G1 R0 it won't apply my offset correct? It needs to change the tool offset first before it has any effect. However I'm not sure if that is what you mean.

  • @Piet you use G10 to set tool offsets
    When you call a tool, the G10 offset gets applied to the recalled value.

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    you set the offsets on a per tool basis.
    e.g. tool one is G10 T0 X0 Y0 Z0
    tool two might be G10 T1 X5 Y0 Z5
    these get taken into account during a tool change.

    I have mine set as a macro that gets called from config so they are applied but also easy for me to adapt

  • @jay_s_uk Right! I got that working. I'm already using that in the script i posted. I thought you were replying to my question to DC42 how i could lower it to the right offset immediately. Thanks anyways.

  • @Piet well you can lower it to that offset immediately by using G1 R2 Z0 you don't need to wait until the end of the script for it to be done automatically.

    edit: I did have G1 R0 Z0 but that is the wrong slot for a tool change

  • @jay_s_uk So if i understand correctly you say i can use the tool offset with the R parameter in the G1 command.

    Does it get saved automatically to that variable? Is there anyway i can check what the variable currently is? I'm assuming i need to use relative positioning for this?

  • the location of the nozzle gets automatically saved at the beginning of the tool change to R2. There is nothing stopping you recalling those locations earlier in the tool change than waiting till the end.
    On my tool change, I recover the locations from R2 in specific order as I've found that works better for me that waiting for the tool change to for it for me.
    You can check the variables using the object model under state.restorePoints

  • @jay_s_uk Thank you, that was very helpful. Im assuming you meant G1 R2 Z0, that worked for me.

  • Yep.
    I got the position wrong where it stores a tool change position.
    I will edit the above post

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